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DR. NICHELLE L. RIVERS, ARTIST

Nichelle Rivers, a multi-media artist and educator, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Her bold and vibrant depictions are not only inspired by her culturally rich childhood, but also by such iconic art figures like Faith Ringgold, Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. Her work is also inspired by her love of music and bringing to life spatial relationships and patterns. She likens her need to create art in its many forms to breathing…Simply put, it keeps her sane.

A graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, she holds a BS in Art Education, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Memphis. Dr. Rivers was featured in the November 2003 issue of Memphis Magazine describing her many educational adventures and artistic talents. In 2012, she illustrated her first children’s book entitled “Heavenly Daddy Why do I Talk this Way”, by author Jennifer Carter. She is a practicing visual artist and was recently selected as one of fifty women artist to participate in the Women of the World Art and Photography exhibit in March 2015. She showcased her beautiful and colorful paintings in the Bloomingdale's Furniture gallery March 12-April 6, 2015. She has exhibited in NY, TN, MN, IL and LA.

A proud twenty-two year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., she is the President and founder of the P.O.W.E.R Foundation, an advocacy and empowerment organization that works with LGBTQ youth, at-risk student populations and local faith and community-based organizations in the Nassau County area. She is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights, access and opportunity, in addition to culturally responsive educational best practices. Her passion for the education of ALL children continues to drive her. Dr. Rivers’ lives by the mantra from one of her “sheroe’s” Audre Lorde, “When you dare to be powerful, to use your strengths in the service of your vision, then it becomes less and less important whether you are afraid.” She and her family reside in the Long Island area.






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